Intro to Agriculture / Agriscience

by CTE Online Admin

The Intro to Agriculture / Agriscience course helps students acquire a broad understanding of a variety of agricultural areas, develop an awareness of the many career opportunities in agriculture, participate in occupationally relevant experiences, and work cooperatively with a group to develop and expand leadership abilities. Students study California agriculture, agricultural business, agricultural technologies, natural resources, and animal, plant, and soil sciences.

Program Information
CTE Certification Elements
Standards
California's 2008 CTE Standards (72)
California Academic Content Standards (34)
Competencies / Outcomes

An understanding and application of:

  • the role of agriculture in the California economy
  • the interrelationship between agriculture and the environment
  • the effects of technology on agriculture
  • the importance of animals, the domestication of animals, and the role of animals in modern society
  • the basic cell structure and function of plants and animals
  • basic animal anatomy and systems
  • basic animal genetics
  • fundamental animal nutrition and feeding
  • basic animal health
  • soil science principles
  • basic plant growth and development
  • fundamental pest management
  • scientific method
  • FFA issues and activities
  • FFA supervised agricultural enterprises
  • FFA California Record Book
Units

FFA Issues and Topics

This unit contains lessons about the aim, purpose, history and structure of the FFA. Other lessons are about the opportunities in FFA such as awards, contests (career development opportunities), leadership opportunities and conferences.

Classroom
10 Hours

FFA Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE)

This unit contains lessons about SAE's: what they are, how to begin and manage them, selection, and how SAE's support agricultural learning.

Classroom
10 Hours

Careers in Agriculture

This unit contains lessons in career exploration, job applications, job descriptions and qualifications and requirements, education and training, and experience methodologies.

Classroom
10 Hours

The Role of Agriculture in the California Economy

This unit contains lessons about the history of agriculture in California, how agriculture effects our lives, and its economic impact both locally and nationally.

Classroom
5 Hours

Agriculture and the Environment

This unit contains lessons about agricultural enviornmental issues, natural resources, conservation and energy sources developed from agricultural products.

Lessons to add:

  • Conservation in Agriculture
  • Environmental Issues in Agriculture
Classroom
5 Hours

The Effects of Technology on Agriculture

This unit contains lessons on how agricultural commodities move from producer to consumer, the technology influences in all aspects of agriculture, public concerns about technological advancements in agriculture, and biotechnology laws and regulations.

Classroom
5 Hours

Animals: Their importance, Domestication, and Role

This unit contains lessons regarding domesticated animals: their evolution and purpose, modern-day uses of animals and animal by-products, various points of view for animal usage, and unique and alternative animal uses.

Classroom
5 Hours

Basic Cell Structure and Function of Plants and Animals

This unit contains lessons about cell purpose, anatomy, and function, as well as cell actions-osmosis and division, and how plant and animal cells are alike and different.

Lessons to add:

  • Osmosis and Diffusion
Classroom
5 Hours

Basic Animal Anatomy and Systems

This unit contains lessons on animal external anatomy and the anatomy and major functions of all vertebrate systems.

Classroom
15 Hours

Basic Animal Genetics

This unit contains lessons on genes, genetic characteristics, phenotype and genotype ratios, cell division and fertilization processes.

Classroom
15 Hours

Fundamental Animal Nutrition and Feeding

This unit contains lessons on types of nutrients, feed analysis, and basic animal feeding guidelines and feeding programs.

Lessons needed:

  • Monogastric Digestive Systems
Classroom
15 Hours

Basic Animal Health

This unit contains lessons about evaluating normal, healthy animal appearance and behaviors; how housing, sanitation, and nutrition affect animal health; common animal diseases; animal parasites; and important practices for animal medication usage, implementation, and storage.

Classroom
15 Hours
Lesson Plans

Soil Science Principles

This unit contains lessons regarding soil components and types, soil texture, structure, pH and salinity, water delivery and irrigation systems, soil amendments, and fertilizers.

Lessons needed:

  • Irrigation Systems & Technologies
  • Soil Components
  • Soil Amendments
  • Fertilizer
Classroom
15 Hours
Lesson Plans

Plant Growth and Development

This unit contains lessons regarding plant anatomy and function of plant structure; growth requirements; life cycles; reproductionk; photosynthesis; and respiration.

Classroom
0 Hours

Plant Insects and Diseases

This unit contains lessons about pest classification, plant pest control methods, and basic integrated pest management.

Lessons needed:

  • Pest Classification
  • Plant Pest Control Methods
Classroom
15 Hours

Understanding Scientific Method

This unit contains lessons about basic scientific method practices.,

Classroom
10 Hours